The 20 Best Psychological Thriller of the 80's

by severinoplanas-119-485901 | created - 01 Aug 2011 | updated - 01 Aug 2011 | Public

This list comprises my choice for the best thriller and psychotically villained movies of the decade 1980-1989.

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1. Fatal Attraction (1987)

R | 119 min | Drama, Thriller

67 Metascore

A married man's one-night stand comes back to haunt him when that lover begins to stalk him and his family.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, Anne Archer, Ellen Latzen

Votes: 64,575 | Gross: $156.65M

2. The Shining (1980)

R | 146 min | Drama, Horror

63 Metascore

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers

Votes: 742,029 | Gross: $44.02M

3. Dressed to Kill (1980)

R | 105 min | Mystery, Thriller

74 Metascore

A mysterious blonde woman kills one of a psychiatrist's patients, and then goes after the high-class call girl who witnessed the murder.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen, Keith Gordon

Votes: 29,042 | Gross: $31.90M

4. Cruising (1980)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A police detective goes undercover in the underground S&M gay subculture of New York City to catch a serial killer who is preying on gay men.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Al Pacino, Paul Sorvino, Karen Allen, Richard Cox

Votes: 15,779 | Gross: $19.80M

5. Eyewitness (1981)

R | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Eccentric Vietnam War vet turned janitor claims to have witnessed a murder of a man tied to international political underground in order to get the attention of a TV reporter he has a huge crush on. The cops suspect his loser best friend.

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Plummer, James Woods

Votes: 3,674 | Gross: $6.40M

6. Blow Out (1981)

R | 108 min | Mystery, Thriller

85 Metascore

A movie sound recordist accidentally records the evidence that proves that a car accident was actually murder and consequently finds himself in danger.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz

Votes: 35,144 | Gross: $13.75M

7. Deathtrap (1982)

PG | 116 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

54 Metascore

A Broadway playwright puts murder in his plan to take credit for a student's script.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve, Dyan Cannon, Irene Worth

Votes: 10,351 | Gross: $19.28M

8. Psycho II (1983)

R | 113 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

54 Metascore

After twenty-two years of psychiatric care, Norman Bates attempts to return to a life of solitude, but the specters of his crimes - and his mother - continue to haunt him.

Director: Richard Franklin | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Meg Tilly, Robert Loggia

Votes: 19,983 | Gross: $34.73M

9. The Fan (1981)

R | 95 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

Douglas, a record salesman, is an obsessive fan of actress Sally Ross. When his letters are rejected, he strikes out at her and her loved ones.

Director: Ed Bianchi | Stars: Lauren Bacall, James Garner, Michael Biehn, Maureen Stapleton

Votes: 1,592

10. Body Double (1984)

R | 114 min | Mystery, Thriller

69 Metascore

A young actor's obsession with spying on a beautiful woman who lives nearby leads to a baffling series of events with drastic consequences.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Craig Wasson, Melanie Griffith, Gregg Henry, Deborah Shelton

Votes: 24,243 | Gross: $8.80M

11. Jagged Edge (1985)

R | 108 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

San Francisco heiress Page Forrester is brutally murdered in her remote beach house. Her husband Jack is devastated by the crime but soon finds himself accused of her murder. He hires ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Marquand | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Glenn Close, Peter Coyote, Robert Loggia

Votes: 11,758 | Gross: $40.50M

12. The Hitcher (1986)

R | 97 min | Thriller

32 Metascore

A young man who escapes the clutches of a murderous hitch-hiker is subsequently stalked by the hitcher and framed for his crimes.

Director: Robert Harmon | Stars: Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jeffrey DeMunn

Votes: 38,068 | Gross: $5.84M

13. Masquerade (1988)

R | 91 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

A recently orphaned millionairess, Olivia, really hates her scheming step-father. Olivia finds love with a young yacht racing captain, Tim, who isn't completely truthful with her. When the ... See full summary »

Director: Bob Swaim | Stars: Rob Lowe, Meg Tilly, Kim Cattrall, Doug Savant

Votes: 2,847 | Gross: $15.86M

14. The Stepfather (1987)

R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller

After murdering his entire family, a man remarries a widow with a teenage daughter in another town and prepares to do it all over again.

Director: Joseph Ruben | Stars: Terry O'Quinn, Jill Schoelen, Shelley Hack, Charles Lanyer

Votes: 11,050 | Gross: $2.49M

15. Dead Calm (1989)

R | 96 min | Horror, Thriller

70 Metascore

After a tragedy, John Ingram and his wife Rae are spending some time isolated at sea, when they come across a stranger who has abandoned a sinking ship.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill, Billy Zane, Rod Mullinar

Votes: 33,054 | Gross: $7.83M

16. Blue Velvet (1986)

R | 120 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

76 Metascore

The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern

Votes: 156,535 | Gross: $8.55M

17. Looker (1981)

PG | 93 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Plastic surgeon Larry Roberts performs a series of minor alterations on a group of models who are seeking perfection. The operations are a resounding success. But when someone starts ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Crichton | Stars: Albert Finney, James Coburn, Susan Dey, Leigh Taylor-Young

Votes: 3,922 | Gross: $3.28M

18. Body Heat (1981)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman persuades her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband.

Director: Lawrence Kasdan | Stars: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna, Ted Danson

Votes: 26,724 | Gross: $24.06M

19. Psycho III (1986)

R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

58 Metascore

Norman Bates falls in love with a fallen nun who stays at the Bates Motel alongside a drifter and a curious reporter. Meanwhile, "mother" is still watching.

Director: Anthony Perkins | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Diana Scarwid, Jeff Fahey, Roberta Maxwell

Votes: 10,989 | Gross: $14.48M

20. Extremities (1986)

R | 89 min | Drama, Thriller

A woman takes revenge on the man who invades her home and tries to rape her.

Director: Robert M. Young | Stars: Farrah Fawcett, James Russo, Alfre Woodard, Diana Scarwid

Votes: 2,877 | Gross: $13.42M



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